New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that goaltender Mike Richter will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2002-03 season due to a concussion suffered on November 5 vs. the Edmonton Oilers. The decision was reached following consultations with Dr. Karen Johnston of the University of McGill Neurological Institute in Montreal and Dr. James Kelly of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
"The fact of the matter is - I definitely want to get better both for my health and to play," said Richter on a media conference call following the announcement. "The light-headedness, the fatigue is pretty pronounced if I do anything - and I don't mean even working out yet. I can't even function on an everyday level right now."
"I anticipated getting better from the moment I got hit. I didn't even expect to miss a practice. I really love this game. Right now I've been advised that I can't play and they won't let me. That's very difficult to accept at this time."
Richter, 36, has posted 5-6-1 record in 13 appearances this season, along with a 2.94 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. The 5-10, 190-pound goaltender has registered a 301-258-73 record, along with a 2.89 goals against average and a .904 save percentage in 15 seasons with the Rangers.